Sometime yesterday I had this crazy thought: imagine if Vernon Davis lined up as our pass rush specialist and Frank Gore was our hard-hitting strong safety. Imagine that! I'm not saying they're going to switch sides, but what I'm about to explore is some new kind of imaginary fantasy football where the defense and offense switch sides of the ball. Defense now becomes offense and offense turns into the defense. Considering that, what team in the NFL now would be able to field the best possible team? Follow me after the jump to find that team.My first observation is that the Regular Defense of any team is going to be better than their Regular Offense once they switch sides of the ball. The Defensive side of the ball as a whole is more athletic by nature. Take our team for example. Patrick Willis could play a number of spots: wide receiver, running back, tight end and maybe even full back. So could Navarro Bowman and Dashon Goldson and Aldon Smith.
The five lineman on offense at the most could only fill in at the defensive line spots, meaning most likely Mike Iupati at nose tackle and then Joe Staley and Anthony Davis at the defensive tackle positions. Goodwin and the other right guard aren't athletic enough in my opinion to set the edge at outside linebacker or rush the passer, so they are out.
Once you start to envision the positions each player ends up at once they switch sides of the ball, you start to realize that the defense for almost any team in the NFL would be better than their offense. The defense simply fields more athletic and versatile players than the offense does, in my observation.
Imagine what our new offense would look like. If I was the head coach of this newly refurbished team, my starting quarterback would be Dashon Goldson. It's probably not the best choice, but he sort of fits the physical build of a quarterback in all aspects except in height. He is prone to make some bad decision, but he's a play maker and I like that. At running back I'd go with Patrick Willis as my starting running back with Navarro Bowman to back him up for a really good one, two punch, because every offense needs more than one good running back. Ricky Jean-Francois would be the center, Sopoaga and Haralson at Guards, then Justin Smith and Ray McDonald at the tackles. Filling out the OL seems like the hardest part, because none of the DL fit the build of an OL.
This is just how I would set up my team. I'm sure others would have differing opinions. Let me know who you would start on Offense or Defense in the comments below. Also, to go even further, which team in the NFL do you think could field the best team now? I'm biased but I really think our team could be the best. Tell me what you think so we could start up some healthy debate.